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Overview

Reigning European and World champions Serbia will start their EuroVolley campaign against Finland. This will be Finland’s third participation to the event after 1977 and 1989.

Pool A Preview

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Inside the Serbian changing room pre-match

Starting Team

Squad Listing

C 10

OGNJENOVIC Maja

Setter

1

BUSA Bianka

Outside spiker

2

LAZOVIĆ Katarina

Outside spiker

5

POPOVIC Mina

Middle blocker

8

MIRKOVIC Sladjana

Setter

9

MIHAJLOVIC Brankica

Outside spiker

11

VELJKOVIC Stefana

Middle blocker

12

PUSIC Teodora

Libero

13

BJELICA Ana

Outside spiker

14

ALEKSIĆ Maja

Middle blocker

17

POPOVIC Silvija

Libero

18

BOŠKOVIĆ Tijana

Opposite

19

MILENKOVIĆ Bojana

Outside spiker

20

BLAGOJEVIC Jelena

Outside spiker

8347

TERZIC Zoran

Head Coach

Player profile

TERZIC Zoran

Head Coach

9704

KOVACEVIC Branko

Assistant Coach

Player profile

KOVACEVIC Branko

Assistant Coach

45715

GRSIC Marko

Assistant Coach 2

Player profile

GRSIC Marko

Assistant Coach 2

Team Statistics

SERBIA

Overview

FINLAND

Player Statistics

Match Report

Serbia easily rout Finland to start title defence campaign

Article

Title-holders Serbia started their quest for a third continental title in emphatic style as they easily beat Finland in three sets, using 13 out of the 14 players on their roster. The match lasted 72 minutes only and even though Serbia resorted to their ‘second lines’ for quite some time, their dominance was never under question. Emmi Riikilä of Finland suffered an ankle injury in the second set, which is likely to prevent her from playing again at EuroVolley. The Finnish fans, including her own parents, comforted her at the end of the match, which was the first Finland played at this level since their last EuroVolley appearance back in 1989 in West Germany.

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The match in numbers

83
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

72
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

420
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

172
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

54%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

8-4
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of SERBIA compared to FINLAND.

6-2
Ace Count

SERBIA number of service aces compared to FINLAND

26-39
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of SERBIA, next to those from FINLAND

Day 1 Recap

Play

“We knew that Finland is not a team performing at our level. They did not play at EuroVolley for 30 years and this says a lot. However, we respect every opponent. Sometimes it is difficult to play games that you know you are going to win even before they start. Despite this, it was a good opportunity for the whole team to play and for the coach to test all players. We have a day off and we will play against Bulgaria who lost to France. Maybe they were a bit confused. I expect them to be better.”

Maja Ognjenovic
Captain and setter of Serbia
Tijana Bošković celebrates a point for the reigning champions

“We have been waiting for very long to come and play here and as a result, I think we were a little bit nervous. Our next games will be easier than this one because we know what it feels like to be at EuroVolley. I think we were ready but they were better than us today, especially in attack and defence. We have an extremely tough match coming up next but I think we have prepared well.”

Piia Korhonen
Top scorer of Team Finland with 12 points